The Criterion Collection’s Title Announcements for April, 2015

The Criterion Collection has announced their new title releases for April, 2015 – Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels (1941), Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out (1947), Jean Renoir’s The River (1951), Peter Yate’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le silence de la mer (1949), and Eplise 42: Silent Ozu – Theree Crime Dramas.


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SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (The Palm Beach Story’s Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (I Married a Witch’s Veronica Lake)—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges (The Lady Eve) is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.

1941 • 90 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary from 2001 by filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean
Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (1990), a 76-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS’s American Masters series
• New video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth
• Interview from 2001 with Sandy Sturges, the director’s widow
• Interview with Sturges by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from 1951
• Archival audio recordings of Sturges
• PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

TITLE: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2466BD
UPC: 7-15515-14371-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-974-0
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15

TITLE: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2467DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14381-3
ISBN: 978-1-60465-975-7
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15


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ODD MAN OUT- Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Taking place largely over the course of one tense night, Carol Reed’s psychological noir, set in an unnamed Belfast, stars James Mason (Lolita) as a revolutionary ex-con leading a robbery that goes horribly wrong. Injured and hunted by the police, he seeks refuge throughout the city, while the woman he loves (Kathleen Ryan) searches for him among the shadows. Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker (who would collaborate again on The Fallen Idol and The Third Man) create images of stunning depth for this intense, spiritual depiction of a man’s ultimate confrontation with himself.

1947 • 116 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Postwar Poetry, a new short documentary about the film
• New interview with British cinema scholar John Hill
• New interview with music scholar Jeff Smith about composer William Alwyn and his score
Home, James, a 1972 documentary featuring actor James Mason revisiting his hometown
• Radio adaptation of the film from 1952, starring Mason and Dan O’Herlihy
• PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

TITLE: ODD MAN OUT (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2468BD
UPC: 7-15515-14391-2
ISBN: 978-1-60465-976-4
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15

TITLE: ODD MAN OUT (2-DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2469DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14401-8
ISBN: 978-1-60465-977-1
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/17/15
STREET: 4/14/15


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THE RIVER – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
This entrancing first color feature from Jean Renoir (The Rules of the Game)—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir’s subtle understanding of and appreciation for India and its people, The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and steadfast creation.

1951 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• High-definition digital transfer from the 2004 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Archival introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir
Around the River, a 60-minute 2008 documentary by Arnaud Mandagaran about the making of the film
• Interview from 2004 with Martin Scorsese
• Audio interview from 2000 with producer Ken McEldowney
• New visual essay by film writer Paul Ryan, featuring rare behind-the-scenes stills
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie and original production notes by Renoir

TITLE: THE RIVER (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2470BD
UPC: 7-15515-14411-7
ISBN: 978-1-60465-978-8
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/14
STREET: 4/21/15

TITLE: THE RIVER (DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2471DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14421-6
ISBN: 978-1-60465-979-5
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/14
STREET: 4/21/15


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THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE – Blu-ray Edition
In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum (The Night of the Hunter) plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates (Breaking Away) of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking—a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight.

1973 • 102 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.85:1 aspect ratio

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary from 2009 featuring Yates
• Stills gallery
• PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of actor Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone

TITLE: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2476BD
UPC: 7-15515-14471-1
ISBN: 978-1-60465-984-9
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15


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LE SILENCE DE LA MER – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
Jean-Pierre Melville began his superb filmmaking career with this powerful adaptation of an influential underground novel written during the Nazi occupation of France. An idealistic, naive German officer is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece; their response to his presence—their only form of resistance—is complete silence. Constructed with elegant minimalism and shot, by the legendary Henri Decaë (The 400 Blows), with hushed eloquence, Le silence de la mer is a fascinating tale of moral ambiguity that points the way toward Melville’s later films about resistance and the occupation (Léon Morin, Priest; Army of Shadows) yet remains a singularly eerie masterwork in its own right.

1949 • 99 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In French with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (1946), Melville’s seventeen-minute first film
• New interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
• Interview with Melville from 1959
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

TITLE: LE SILENCE DE LA MER (BLU-RAY EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2478BD
UPC: 7-15515-14491-9
ISBN: 978-1-60465-986-3
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15

TITLE: LE SILENCE DE LA MER (2-DVD EDITION)
CAT. NO: CC2479DDVD
UPC: 7-15515-14501-5
ISBN: 978-1-60465-987-0
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 3/31/15
STREET: 4/28/15


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ECLIPSE 42: SILENT OZU—THREE CRIME DRAMAS DVD Edition
The great Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring) is best known for the stately, meditative domestic dramas he made after World War II. But during his first decade at Shochiku studios, where he dabbled in many genres, he put out a trio of precisely rendered, magnificently shot and edited silent crime films about the hopes, dreams, and loves of small-time crooks. Heavily influenced in narrative and visual style by the American films that Ozu adored, these movies are revelatory early examples of his cinematic genius, accompanied here by new piano scores by Neil Brand.

3-DVD BOX SET INCLUDES:

WALK CHEERFULLY
In Yasujiro Ozu’s Walk Cheerfully, which gracefully combines elements of the relationship drama and the gangster story, small-time hood Kenji, a.k.a. Ken the Knife, wants to go straight for good girl Yasue but finds that starting over isn’t as simple as it sounds. This was the Japanese master’s first true homage to American crime movies, and it is a fleetly told, expressively shot work of humor and emotional depth.

1930 · 96 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

THAT NIGHT’S WIFE
In noirish darkness, a man commits a shocking robbery. But, as we soon learn, this seeming criminal mastermind is actually a sensitive everyman driven to commit desperate deeds for the sake of his family. Unfolding over the course of one night, Yasujiro Ozu’s That Night’s Wife combines suspense with the emotional domestic drama one associates with the filmmaker’s later masterpieces and employs beautifully evocative camera work.

1930 · 66 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

DRAGNET GIRL
This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum—a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji’s otherwise patient moll, Tokiko (The Life of Oharu’s Kinuyo Tanaka). With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu.

1933 · 100 minutes · Black & White · Silent · Japanese intertitles with English subtitles · 1.33:1 aspect ratio

TITLE: ECLIPSE 42: SILENT OZU—THREE CRIME DRAMAS
CAT. NO: ECL192DVD
UPC: 7-15515-14511-4
ISBN: 978-1-60465-988-7
SRP: $44.95
PREBOOK: 3/24/15
STREET: 4/21/15

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